Sunday 31 May 2015

I Don’t Know How I Came Into Politics, It Was By Mistake – Jonathan Admits

Speaking during a reception held in his honour in Bayelsa yesterday, May 29, Jonathan admitted that he had no intention of becoming the deputy governor of the Bayelsa state right from inception.

According to Punch, he said as a civil servant he was moved to work with Chief Diepreye Alamieyeseigha’s team with the purpose of helping his community and not to run for any elective office.

“When electioneering started after Abdusalami Abubakar took over, Alamieyeseigha did not call me. But somewhere along the line because we had worked together, one evening, one Bozimo and another person came to my house and asked me to run with Alamieyeseigha as deputy governor.”

He said his initial response was to turn down the offer on the grounds that he was not interested but later changed his mind.

“The detail will come later. That was how Bozimo and Alamieyeseigha brought me in and during the election, we won.”

Jonathan thanked the peoples of Bayelsa and Nigerians for affording him the opportunity to serve as deputy governor, governor, vice-president and president of the country.

He expressed confidence that the new administration of President Muhammadu Buhari will work and make Nigerians happy.

“I am indeed happy about the statement the President made that he did not belong to any clique, but to Nigerians. I congratulate him for that, he added.

Jonathan, elated by the warm reception he received in Bayelsa said he was short of words to express his feelings. He also confessed that he thought that the people of the state would boo and curse him for some decisions he made while in office.

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